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The mission of the Foreign Language Program at Cheverus is to guide our students toward linguistic and cultural proficiency in Latin, Spanish or French.  Students who enroll in a spoken language encounter an additional task:  speaking in the second language. It is as improvisational as Jazz and requires as much repetition, practice, and commitment to develop the skill. Our intention is to create an interactive, safe, risk-taking environment for growth in the language. Using a variety of contexts, tools, and techniques that emphasize both oral and written expression in the target language, students are challenged to develop their proficiency.  As students move through the program, they will refine their abilities in the three areas of interpersonal communication, interpretive communication, and presentational communication  according to guidelines established by ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language).

We believe that the ability to communicate in a second language is an important asset in an increasingly diverse society and global economy.   Through the study of a second language, students encounter different ways of thinking about the world, themselves and their own culture. We hope to foster a lifelong appreciation for the beauty and diversity of languages and cultures around the world.  We agree with Charlemagne when he says, “To have another language, is to possess a second soul.”

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    Haley Malm

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    Theresa Quinn

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    Hong Zhu

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French

(formerly French I)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 9

Introduction to French gives students the basic tools to communicate in different modalities on a range of everyday topics, including family, school, weather, food, and clothes. Students will also be introduced to the culture and history of France and the Francophone world through various audio and visual media as well as independent research projects. The class is conducted mostly in French. At the end of the course, students should reach at least ACTFL Proficiency level Novice Mid.

(formerly French II)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 10
Prerequisite: Introduction to French

Novice French reinforces and expands on skills learned in Introduction to French, allowing students to communicate more deeply and in more detail on previous topics, as well as introducing new topics such as leisure activities, past experiences, shopping, sickness, and daily routines. The cultural focus is on Francophone North America. The class is conducted mostly in French. At the end of the course, students should reach at least ACTFL Proficiency level Intermediate Low.

(formerly French II Honors)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 9-10
Prerequisite: Novice French AND Department Approval OR A- or higher in Introduction to French. Candidates from middle school programs and transfer students must pass a written assessment.

La Francophonie is a continuation of Introduction to French and/or Novice French emphasizing the culture of non-European French-speaking countries. Students will delve deeply into global issues like world cuisine, education, and poverty that touch the lives of French-speakers across the globe through storytelling, radio and TV news, and authentic French news sources. The class is conducted primarily in French. At the end of the course, students should reach at least ACTFL Proficiency level Intermediate Mid. Students in this class receive Honors credit.

(formerly French III)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 10-11
Prerequisite: Novice French

Intermediate French reinforces and expands skills learned in Novice French or La Francophonie, allowing students to communicate on more complex issues in several tenses and modalities, as well as introducing new topics such as technology, travel, and work life. At the end of the course, students should reach at least ACTFL Proficiency level Intermediate High.

(formerly French III Honors)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: B or higher in Intermediate French AND Department Approval OR A- or higher in La Francophonie

Francophone Europe is a continuation of La Francophonie or Intermediate French which focuses on French speakers across Europe. Students will learn about the history, politics, and culture of Francophone regions in Europe through the introduction of the six themes dictated by the College Board’s Curriculum Framework for AP French Language & Culture. French is spoken 90%. At the end of the course, students should reach at least ACTFL Proficiency level Advanced Low. Students in this class receive Honors credit.

 

(formerly French IV Honors)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: B or higher in Francophone Europe AND Department Approval

The fourth year French language course expands students’ ability to converse and write about various issues connected to six themes of the College Board’s Curriculum Framework for AP French Language & Culture. Students will be required to read articles from French magazines and newspapers as well as Le Petit Prince. They will have to do bi-weekly oral presentations comparing their community with various Francophone countries and regions. The teacher will speak mostly French in class and students are encouraged and expected to practice speaking French all the time. Students in this class receive Honors credit.  

Year — 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite: B or higher in AP Preparation AND Department Approval

The fifth year French language course enables students to develop advanced proficiency in the language skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. The course will emphasize the use of the French language to improve oral communication and help the students to develop the ability to speak and understand the language in a variety of contexts. The course will engage the students to use the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) as defined in the ACTFL standards for World Languages. Students will be required to read articles and excerpts from French magazines, newspapers, and literary texts. They will have to explore websites focusing on the culture of French-speaking countries. They will refine verbal and written language skills, be able to apply language competencies beyond the school setting, and will attain the advanced proficiency, as described in ACTFL’s Proficiency Guidelines. Through the entire year, students will focus on the six themes dictated by the College Board’s Curriculum Framework. During the entire course, the teacher will speak French in class and students are encouraged and expected to practice speaking French all the time.

Latin

(formerly Latin II/II honors)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Latin I or 7th & 8th grade Latin & Department Approval

In the Intermediate Latin course, students continue the work of the first year, extending the study of vocabulary, history and culture and encountering increasingly complex syntax and grammatical concepts. Students continue to build reading skills in preparation for understanding unadapted classical literature.

(formally Latin III/IV)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Intermediate Latin

Students complete their survey of Latin grammar after an intensive review at the beginning of the year, and undertake readings in classical Latin literature, with emphasis on poetic works.  They also study the influence of classical literature, culture, and history in the modern world.  The course follows a two-year cycle of readings, alternating with the Advanced Latin Studies: Prose class. The Poetry class will be offered during the 2017-2018 school year, the Prose class in 2018-2019.

(formerly Honors Latin III/IV)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Intermediate Latin

Students complete their survey of Latin grammar after an intensive review at the beginning of the year, and undertake readings in classical Latin literature, with emphasis on poetic works.  They also study the influence of classical literature, culture, and history in the modern world.  The course follows a two-year cycle of readings, alternating with the Advanced Latin Studies: Prose class. The Poetry class will be offered during the 2017-2018 school year, the Prose class in 2018-2019.

Year — 1 credit
Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Honors Intermediate Latin

Students complete their survey of Latin grammar after an intensive review at the beginning of the year, and undertake readings in classical Latin literature, with emphasis on prose works.  They also study the influence of classical literature, culture, and history in the modern world.  The course follows a two-year cycle of readings, alternating with the Advanced Latin Studies: Poetry class. The Poetry class will be offered during the 2017-2018 school year, the Prose class in 2018-2019.

Year — 1 credit
Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Honors Intermediate Latin

Students complete their survey of Latin grammar after an intensive review at the beginning of the year, and undertake readings in classical Latin literature, with emphasis on prose works.  They also study the influence of classical literature, culture, and history in the modern world.  The course follows a two-year cycle of readings, alternating with the Advanced Latin Studies: Poetry class. The Poetry class will be offered during the 2017-2018 school year, the Prose class in 2018-2019.

Year — 1 credit
Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: Honors Advanced Latin Studies & Department Approval

The objectives of the AP Latin course are progress in reading, translating, understanding, analyzing and interpreting Latin literature in the original language.  We will follow the College Board’s AP curriculum, which includes selections from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Vergil’s Aeneid. Students should be prepared (and willing) to do college level work.  Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May. 

Spanish

(formerly Spanish I)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 9-12

This course is an introduction to the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students will develop practical vocabulary through oral and written drills, simple conversations and a variety of audio-visual tools, including online resources. Regular writing assignments will emphasize elementary sentence structure, verbs and vocabulary usage. Cultural studies will enhance student discovery of the Spanish speaking world. This class is conducted mostly in Spanish.

(formerly Spanish II)
Year — 1 credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Introduction to Spanish

This course reviews, reinforces and expands on skills acquired in beginning Spanish. There is a greater emphasis on cultural readings and perspectives. Students further develop their communication skills and are able to use basic Spanish in varied situations. Spanish is spoken 90%. At the end of the course, students should reach at least ACTFL Proficiency level Intermediate Low.

(formerly Spanish II honors)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 9-12
Prerequisite: Novice Spanish AND Department Approval OR A- or higher in Introduction to Spanish. Candidates from middle school programs and transfer students must pass a written assessment.


This course is designed for students who have a firm background in elementary Spanish and possess a high level of commitment to advancing in the language. Students will refine their ability to use vocabulary and grammar in more complex situations. The use of authentic video and audio material and interactive websites will reinforce listening skills and cultural discovery. Students who take this class will be prepared to enter the Spanish Advanced Placement (AP) study track.  Spanish is spoken 90%.  Students in this class receive Honors credit.

(formerly Spanish III)
Year - 1 credit
Prerequisite: Novice Spanish
Grade level: 10-11

Intermediate Spanish  reinforces and expands skills learned in Novice Spanish, allowing students to communicate on more complex modalities, as well as expanding in culture and community. At the end of the course, students should reach at least ACTFL Proficiency level Intermediate Mid.

(formerly Spanish III H)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: A- or higher in Intermediate Spanish AND Department Approval OR B or higher in Communication and Cultural Connections

The emphasis of this course is on speaking, listening, and participating in the target language. Students watch the Spanish Telenovela Destinos and work in the classroom with all the ancillary materials to fulfill grammar, vocabulary, listening and comprehension requirements. By the end of the year, the students complete the Indicative Mood in all its tenses, are comfortable with writing about a cultural topic, and are able to present in two minutes following the College Board curriculum on Product, Practice and Perspective. In this course we cover the Spanish Language and Culture of Spain and Mexico. Students in this class receive Honors credit.

(formerly Spanish IV H)
Year — 1 credit
Grade 10-12
Prerequisite:  B or higher in Immersion Acquisition AND Department Approval

This course is an extension of Immersion Acquisition Through Cultural Contexts. It emphasizes speaking and participating in the Spanish language. Students continue using a Spanish Telenovela and work in the classroom with all the ancillary materials to fulfill grammar, vocabulary, listening and comprehension requirements. By the end of the year, the students will complete a thorough review of the indicative mood in all its tenses at an advanced level. Students in this class receive Honors credit.  

Year — 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite: B or higher in Advanced Conversation AND Department Approval

AP Spanish Language is intended for students who wish to develop proficiency and integrate their language skills, using authentic materials and sources. Students who enroll should already have a basic knowledge of the language and cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples and should have attained a reasonable proficiency in using the language. Although these qualifications may be attained in a variety of ways, it is assumed that most students will be in the final stages of their secondary school training and will have had appropriate course work in the language. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.

Electives

Year - 1 credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of a foreign language AND Department approval
Grade Level: 11-12

Introduction to German is a culture-focused course giving students the basic tools to communicate on everyday subjects like family, school, weather, food, and clothes. Students will learn about the culture and history of Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. At the end of the course, students should reach at least ACTFL Proficiency level Novice Mid. Note: this course is an elective and does not apply toward the graduation requirement of three consecutive years of a language.

Graduation Requirements

 

25 ½ Credits Minimum
  • English -- 4 credits *
  • Math -- 4 credits *
  • Theology -- 4 credits *
  • Science -- 3 years 
    (Global Science, Biology, Chemistry)
  • Foreign Language -- 3 years (same language)
  • History -- 3 years
    (History I, II, III)
  • Fine & Performing Arts -- 1 credit total
  • Computer Technology -- ½ credit
  • Electives -- 3 credits

* 1 credit each year 9-12


Non-Credit Requirements
  • Retreat -- each year
  • Community Service
    -- each year (Community Service page)
  • College Advising
    (grades 11 & 12)
  • Formation Seminar (grade 9)

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